Ballycastle Sinn Féin Councillor, Cara McShane, has expressed her condolences on the passing of Lucia Quinny Mee, just months after receiving her fourth liver transplant.
Cllr Cara McShane said:
“Ballycastle, Rathlin Island and the wider North Antrim community have been left heartbroken over the news of Lucia’s passing at the weekend and just days before her 21st birthday.
“Lucia left a huge mark on everyone she met. A positive, inspirational and intelligent young person – she shifted mindsets.
“I had the privilege of meeting Lucia on several occasions, as she lobbied then Education Minister, John O’Dowd, to include Organ Donation onto the school curriculum, as a topic in Religious Education, in Biology, and in Citizenship. For Lucia, education in young people was the key to promoting organ donation to ‘normalise the conversation about organ donation.’
“One of my final duties as Chair of Moyle Council was to attend the opening of the Circle of Life commemorative garden overlooking Galway Bay. Lucia’s parents, David and Rachel, had secured Council agreement to plant a tree in the garden on behalf of all the people of Moyle, to celebrate the lives and generosity of spirit of organ donors.
“Four years ago, Lucia addressed a packed meeting of Causeway Coast and Glens Council and you could have heard a pin drop. Accompanied by Alexia McCooke telling the story of how her son’s organs had helped five other people after his death in a road traffic collision, Lucia discussed the campaign she had just launched ‘Live Loudly, Donate Proudly.’
“Lucia was a remarkable person who achieved so much in such a short life. We will remember her for the vibrancy and energy she brought to the campaign for organ donations. But she did not want to be defined by just this. At the Council meeting, I recall her saying, ‘I am a swimmer, a ballerina and I have had liver transplants.’
“Lucia will be remembered for so much more by those who knew her best. Our thoughts and prayers surround her family at this time, especially to her parents David and Rachel, and sister Alice.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.”